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Drowning in Plett

One person drowned while three others were rescued on Saturday 29 September 2018.

The NSRI, SAPS, Medlife Ambulance Services, and Western Cape government health emergency medical services (EMS)responded to the scene of the incident at Poortjies Beach at Keurbooms River mouth.

On arrival at the scene, emergency services found that a canoe with 4 people on board had capsized. The victims, two men and two children aged 8, were rescued from the water by local fishermen.

According to NSRI spokesperson, CPR was commenced on one of the adult men who was unresponsive, while breathing assistance resuscitation was initiated on one of the children who was in a critical condition.

All four victims were transported to hospital. On arrival at hospital the unresponsive male was declared deceased. The boy in a critical condition was stabilized and taken to a hospital in George where he remains in a serious but stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The other two victims were treated for shock and symptoms of non-fatal drowning before being released from hospital.


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